Units of Study

ASNS6901 - Japan in the Western Imagination

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Matthew Stavros


This seminar examines Western views of Japan from the 13th century to the present. By exploring how the image of Japan changed over time and how different narratives were shaped by internal (Western) forces, we will ask the question: How valid are our contemporary images of Japan? Sources and themes include: Marco Polo's travel records, Jesuit accounts, diaries of Western 'specialists' in Meiji Japan, anti-Japan war propaganda, and the image of Japan in US and Australian cinema today.


2xseminar presentations (equivalent to 1000 words) (50%), research writing (3000 words) (50%)


1x2-hr seminar/week


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